b. 12 March 1930, Crockett, Texas, USA, d. 18 October 1960, Houston, Texas, USA. Another artist whose given names are initials, Williams grew up in Mullican, Texas, before moving to Houston around 1945. There he worked in dancehalls and bars as both singer and dancer. He also learned to play drums. Having made the acquaintance of Lightnin’ Hopkins, he recorded for Bill Quinn’s Gold Star label, nicknamed ‘Lightnin’ Jnr.’, with Hopkins backing him on guitar and piano on three singles, and pianists Leroy Carter and Elmore Nixon on one side each of a fourth, all subsequently reissued. He also recorded for Freedom, another Houston label owned by Solomon Kahal, making six records, one combining ‘My Darkest Hour’ and ‘I Want My Baby Back’ reissued on Imperial Records, mostly with Conrad Johnson’s Conney’s Combo. In 1951 he recorded at least four titles, including ‘Baby Child’ and ‘Fannie Mae’, for Sittin In With, owned by New Yorker Bob Shad. Shad probably produced Williams’ final commercial session, made the same year for Mercury Records with backing by saxophonist Henry Hayes And His Rhythm Kings. Williams, addicted to cheap wine, also suffered from tuberculosis. Just prior to his death, he recorded one title with Hopkins and harmonica player Luke ‘Long Gone’ Miles. When asked the significance of his initials, Williams’ reply was ‘love crazy’. Ironic, then, that his death was from lung collapse.
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